I was thinking about that while revisiting some recent great work by the O Globo, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I had retrieved two projects published by that respected newspaper when I started writing on the role of aesthetics in graphics. They were made by Alessandro Alvim, assistant editor of the infographics department, and they have a special place in my archive. One is about how the Cristo Redentor was built. The other is on the origins of Brazilian Carnaval. Check them out. Even if you don't understand a word of Portuguese, you can still enjoy them.
The Cristo one has just won a Society for News Design award, by the way. Well deserved.